Written in a friendly, accessible style by an expert team of authors with years of experience in both conducting and supervising systematic reviews, this is the perfect guide to using systematic review methodology in a research project. It provides clear answers to all review-related questions, including:
How do I formulate an appropriate review question?
What's the best way to manage my review?
How do I develop my search strategy?
How do I get started with data extraction?
How do I assess the quality of a study?
How can I analyse and synthesize my data?
How should I write up the discussion and conclusion sections of my dissertation or thesis?
Angela Boland has worked at LRiG (Liverpool Reviews and Implementation Group) since it was established in 2001 and has carried out many systematic reviews of both clinical effectiveness and cost effectiveness of health care interventions. Gemma Cherry is Lecturer is Clinical Health Psychology at the University of Liverpool. Prior to training, she worked at LRiG for several years conducting systematic reviews. Rumona Dickson has been involved in the conduct of systematic reviews in health care for over 20 years and has been the Director of LRiG since 2001.
1. Carrying Out a Systematic Review as a Master's Thesis - Rumona Dickson, M. Gemma Cherry and Angela Boland 2. Planning and Managing My Review - Gerlinde Pilkington and Juliet Hounsome 3. Defining My Review Question and Identifying Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria - M. Gemma Cherry and Rumona Dickson 4. Developing My Search Strategy - Yenal Dundar and Nigel Fleeman 5. Applying Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria - Yenal Dundar and Nigel Freeman 6. Data Extraction: Where Do I Begin? - Nigel Fleeman and Yenal Dundar 7. Quality Assessment: Where Do I Begin? - Janette Greenhalgh and Tamara Brown 8. Understanding and Synthesizing Numerical Data from Intervention Studies - Michaela Brown and Marty Richardson 9. Writing My Discussion and Conclusions - M. Gemma Cherry 10. Disseminating My Review - M. Gemma Cherry and Gerlinde Pilkington 11. Reviewing Qualitative Evidence - M. Gemma Cherry, Helen Smith, Elizabeth Perkins and Angela Boland 12. Reviewing Economic Evaluations - Angela Boland, Sophie Beale and M. Gemma Cherry Epilogue - Angela Boland, M. Gemma Cherry and Rumona Dickson Glossary - Angela Boland, M. Gemma Cherry and Rumona Dickson